“Love caused your incarnation; love brought you down to me. Your thirst for my salvation procured my liberty. Oh, love beyond all telling, that led you to embrace in love, all love excelling, our lost and fallen race.”—ELW, #241
Jesus loves us and there is absolutely nothing that we can do about it. Nothing we can do will change this fact. I’ve said it many times, and will most likely continue to, because it is so true. Christmas shows us this. We often tend to split the Bible into two stories, the Before Jesus story and the After Jesus story, but in reality, the Bible is all the Jesus story. Phillips Brooks, an Episcopal Bishop and author (also the writer of “O, Little Town of Bethlehem”) who died in 1893 says, “It was not suddenly and unannounced that Jesus came into the world. He came into a world that had been prepared for him. The whole Old Testament is the story of a special preparation …Only when all was ready, only in the fullness of his time, did Jesus come.”
God loved us so much that he wanted us to be able to re-connect with him. From the beginning, the plan was for Jesus to come and live with us when the time was right and all was prepared. But, in the meantime, he missed us and longed for that restored relationship. Once in prayer, I was given a sense of that longing. It was intense and brought tears to my eyes that would not stop flowing. I can’t describe it because there are really no words and when I try, even to myself, the tears come. The best I can do is to say that it was a feeling of longing, aching, loving and missing all in one. A feeling of the Lover separated from the beloved, multiplied many times over.
God loves us!! God wants us and so he took the form of a helpless baby, born in a barn, in poverty to a human mother into a simple carpenter’s family. That family had to go into exile so that Jesus would not be killed too soon. Our rescue, redemption and restoration was born this night. In the Fullness of Time he comes.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. —John 1:1-5, 14 (NIV)
And, so, the story continues.
An Irish Christmas prayer for you.
The Light of the Christmas Star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The love of the Son and God’s Peace to you.
My love and Blessing also to you. Merry Christmas. ~ Donna